27 things about the Vikings

1. The Vikings were merchants, explorers and fearless warriors of the North, who dominated the northern half of Europe between the eighth and the ninth centuries;

2. These mighty warriors sailed thousands and thousands of miles away from their native lands (today Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark), even on the shores of America;

3. The Vikings were afraid of all the shores of Europe because of their rapid and vigorous attacks, some written in writing by Christian monks who horrified to describe their attacks on the rich cities on the Normandy coasts;

4. Due to the style of fighting, it has been rumored throughout Europe that the Vikings are pirates and wild barbarians, which is completely untrue;

5. The Vikings lived in open, civilized and fairly democratic communities for that time; were excellent merchants, sailors, and skilled craftsmen;

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6. The Vikings preferred to sail in less agitated waters, with their incursions around the British Archipelago Islands, the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Caspian Sea, the Black Sea and the Atlantic;

7. As they moved away from the coast, the Vikings opened a giant rectangular canvas, located in the middle of the bowl, and guided after the Sun and stars;

8. Sulita, the beating, the shield, and especially the sword, were the most valuable possessions of a viking; they used to be decorated with traditional gold and silver motifs; the more richly decorated a sword, the stronger and wealth of the possessor; the sword often received a name;

9. Until the Vikings were christened, the warriors were buried together with their weapons, a sign of their glory during their lives;

10. The most widespread picture of the Vikings is with them horned helmets, but there is still no historical evidence to prove this habit;

11. Although they were considered barbarians, the Vikings were very clean and caring people in comparison to other peoples;

12. Viking ships were large enough for that time, with capacities of up to 60 people;

13. The Vikings made their garments of hides and skins of animals; the buttons had not yet been invented, so brooches and brooches were used; most of the footwear was made of goatskin;

14. Some Vikings attached their teeth to the center of the shield, useful both for attack and for defense;

15. Eric the Red, a great leader of the Vikings, was so violent that his own people exiled him from Norway and Iceland;

16. The Vikings believed in two "groups" of gods: Aesir and Vanir; Thursday, in English, is named after the god Thor;

17. King of the gods - Odin; Thor - the god of heaven and lightning, the son of Odin; Freyr - the god of rain; Frigga - maternal goddess, Odin's wife and Thor's mother; Baldur - god of light and purity; Loki - the god of fire, magic and deceit;

17. The average age of a viking was about 40 years old;

18. The Vikings enjoyed parties, stories, riddles and songs;

19. Children at the age of 12 were considered men;

20. In Viking society there were 3 ranks: Jarl - the nobility, Karl - the free Vikings and Thrall - slaves;

21. Women of the Vikings had more rights than women of other peoples in civilizations who lived centuries later;

22. The Vikings loved to wear clothes in bright colors like blue, yellow or red;

23. Viking warriors wanted to die in battle, then to reach Valhalla - an immense hall where they ate and drank for eternity;

24. The Vikings liked to insult each other ... in a friendly manner;

25. The Vikings were not buried, but their bodies were put in boats;

26. Though this is likely to surprise many, most of the Viking men were farmers;

27. In order to conform to the Nordic beauty ideals, men used a soap-rich soap to discolour their hair;

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